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Civil War Series: The Atlanta Campaign

My most recent Civil War essay is here. The subject is the Atlanta Campaign. The fall of Atlanta was of critical importance. Had it not fallen when it did, Lincoln may not have been reelected. Had McClellan become president, it is possible that a negotiated peace would have followed.

Of course, some folks think this would have been a good outcome, but it is likely that a Confederate nation would have continued to fight against the United States for control of the western territories. In other words, a negotiated peace would not have led to peace. Besides, the slave empire would have turned its attention south to Mexico and the Caribbean.

By the way, aren't the names of those rivers in Georgia cool? Oostanaula, Etowah, and of course, Chattahoochee, brought to the attention of non-Georgians by Alan Jackson. Cherokee names, no?

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Fascinating, as usual. From a southern view, the whole story of the West is mainly a whole lot of incompetence. Very interesting on Cleburne. A factor you don't mention? If Forrest had been deployed to constantly disrupt the trains resupplying Sherman, then the flanking to Atlanta might not have been possible. But Davis deliberately chose not to use that wildman for that mission. And the trains, as a result, were just rolling right up to Sherman's troops.

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